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30May2014

Tongue Discoloration

tongue discolorationThe word “oral health” instantly brings to mind an image of healthy teeth and gums. But what about the tongue? While many consider the tongue as the strongest muscle in the body, pound for pound, it is in fact not a single muscle but a group of muscles that allows for tasks such as tasting, swallow, and talking altogether.

Because you are using your tongue in performing such activities, all day and all night long, any tongue irregularities such as discoloration can easily result to discomfort and frustration. Among the most common, most visible, and therefore most bothersome irregularities which affect the tongue is white tongue discoloration.
  • 30 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
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23May2014

Gum Health

Gum HealthContrary to the popular misnomer, it is not aging but gum disease, medically known as periodontal disease, that is the most common culprit of tooth loss.

Religiously practicing good dental hygiene best increases your chances at keeping your teeth and gums healthy and intact, even as you get older.

Unlike most unwanted dental condition, periodontal disease rarely presents any painful symptoms in its earlier stages.

It is for this exact reason that most people who already have periodontal disease are caught unaware until it starts to present more noticeable and serious symptoms.

Gingivitis And Periodontitis

Gingivitis is essentially gum disease at its infancy. This gum condition typically occurs when the gums, or the gingival, become inflamed. Among the most prominent symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, and tender gums that tend to bleed a little too easily. When left untreated, it is quite easy for gingivitis to progress into periodontitis, or advanced-stage gum disease.
  • 23 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
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  • Dental Checkup, General Dentistry, Gingivitis, Gum disease treatment in Ballarat, periodontitis,
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22May2014

Water Fluoridation: Good Or Bad

Water Fluoridation Good Or BadThe controversial debate on whether or not water should be fluoridated still rages on in Australia, as much as it rages on in other regions of the world. The fluoridation of tap water supply remains to be among the most controversial topics of political-health discussion in many places in the country.

Fluoridation In Australia

In Australia, the fluoride debate still remains relevant despite the fact that 90% of the entire Australian population is supplied with fluoridated water. In Queensland, for instance, the Cairns Regional Council announced in early 2013 that it is providing fluoride-free water supply.

Several parties in Australia like the Australia Fluoride Action Movement claim that fluoride poses dangerous effects not only to people, but also to about every natural organism on the face of the planet. More often than not, however, these sorts of claim remain unsupported by any relevant research or study.

The Australian Dental Association

To counter these unsubstantiated claims, the Australian Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Michael Folly reports that most councils only make moves of eliminating fluoride from their water supply as a response to highly coordinated actions by organised activist groups.

According to the Australian Dental Association fluoridation of public water supply results to significantly lower visits to the dentist and reduced incidences of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • 22 May, 2014
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  • Australian Dental Association, Dental Checkups, General Dentistry, Water Fluoridation,
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12May2014

Preventive Dental Care: Going Beyond Good Dental Habits

Preventive Dental Care  Going Beyond Good Dental HabitsIf you are among the handful of people who think that they don’t need to regularly visit the dentist just because they religiously practice good dental habits — brushing 2-3 times everyday with fluoride toothpaste, using high quality dental floss and interdental cleaners, and even rinsing with dentist recommended mouthwash— then you couldn’t be more mistaken.

While the abovementioned exponentially increase your chances of preserving good oral health, keeping good dental habits alone, especially when refusing to seek professional dental help, usually isn’t enough to truly and comprehensively keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Plaque and Tartar Buildup

The inside of the mouth does not solely consist of flat surfaces that are readily accessible to the bristles of a toothbrush, not even to fine threads of a dental floss. These hard to reach spaces of the mouth (most especially including areas below the gum line and the gaps between the mouth) amass enough plaque and tartar buildup overtime.

If left untreated, this accumulation of plaque and tartar is what usually results to chronic dental anomalies such as gum disease and tooth decay, which eventually results to tooth loss. This is where preventive dental care becomes a necessity.
  • 12 May, 2014
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11May2014

Dental Care For Cancer Patients

Dental Care For Cancer PatientsUnwanted oral health complications during cancer treatments are the norm and not the exception.

While most people are aware that cancer treatments such as bone and marrow transplant, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy causes adverse physiological side effects such as persisting nausea, loss of weight and appetite, and hair loss, not all too many people know that undergoing cancer treatment also, and rather significantly, compromises oral health.

Cancer Treatment Side Effects

As the numbers have it, 75% of people who receive bone and marrow transplant suffer from oral health complications that result from the treatment. This is also true for 40% of patients who are subjected to chemotherapy. Among the most common oral health complications that result from cancer treatments include the following:
  • 11 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
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  • Cancer Treatment, Dental Care, Dental Checkups, General Dentistry,
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06May2014

What About Sensitive Teeth?

what About Sensitive TeethPeople with sensitive teeth typically experience very sudden episodes of dental discomfort that sends them jumping out of their seats.

Whether it happens when you are sipping a cup of coffee that’s a little too warm, or when you are munching on a piece of cake that’s a little too sweet, or even when you are brushing your teeth, having sensitive teeth often means that the affected tooth is compromised, one way of or another.

Otherwise known as dentin hypersensitivity, teeth sensitivity results from a wide range of causes. These most commonly include: cracked tooth, worn dental enamel, exposed tooth root, dental injury, and even too aggressive brushing and flossing.

When suffering from teeth sensitivity, it is always best to consult with your local dentist. in Ballarat. If, however, you are unable to seek professional dental help right away, then here are a few things that momentarily relieve dental discomfort.

Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

It is always a good idea to keep your mouth clean and plaque-free. However, too aggressive brushing, especially when using hard-bristled toothbrush, can cause abrasion on the dental enamel, which can easily cause episodes of teeth sensitivity. For people with already sensitive teeth, it is best to use a soft bristled-toothbrush. Additionally, applying only a small amount of force when brushing allows the soft bristles to move more freely and clean dental surfaces more efficiently.
  • 6 May, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
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  • Dentin Hypersensitivity, Sensitive Teeth, Teeth Sensitivity,
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16Apr2014

Dental Care For Diabetics

Dental Care For DiabeticsDiabetes is an unwanted systemic condition that affects the entire the body, prominently including the mouth, teeth, and gums. Professional dental upkeep is especially important for people who suffer from diabetes.

Diabetics are at a higher than normal risk of developing a number of unwanted dental anomalies due to their inability to properly control their blood sugar levels.

Simply put, the lesser control your body has over its blood sugar levels, the higher are the chances that oral health problems will develop. Uncontrolled diabetes impairs white blood cell activity in the body. White blood cells are essentially soldiers that combat threats of bacterial infection. 

Dental Complications

  • Dry mouth. Diabetes, especially when left uncontrolled and unattended, dramatically decreases saliva flow. Decreased saliva flow typically results to an oral health condition called xerostomia. More popularly referred to as dry mouth, xerostomia results to further oral health complications such as mouth soreness, ulcers, infections, and tooth decay.
  • Gum inflammation. Apart from aggressively impairing white blood cell activity, diabetes also causes the blood vessels to thicken. This compromises the otherwise optimal flow and distribution of nutrients in the body. Once nutrient flow and distribution has been compromised, the ability of the body to ward off infection is further reduced. Ultimately, this makes the body more susceptible to gum disease, which is caused by bacterial infection.
  • 16 Apr, 2014
  • Ryan Davies
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  • Dental Checkups, Dentist Ballarat, Diabetes, Gum Disease,
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